sub·​trop·​i·​cal | \ ˌsəb-ˈträ-pi-kəl How to pronounce subtropical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly subtropic \ ˌsəb-​ˈträ-​pik How to pronounce subtropic (audio) \

Definition of subtropical

: of, relating to, or being the regions bordering on the tropical zone subtropical environment subtropical grasses

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No other foreign policy adventure can consolidate Russians in the same way as this chunk of subtropical paradise which has a clear pro-Russian majority and which evoked a major sense of historical injustice ever since the collapse of the USSR. Leonid Ragozin, Time, "Moscow's Elections Show Putin Is Losing the War at Home," 10 Sep. 2019 The chief steering mechanisms over the next 12 to 36 hours will continue to be circulation around the subtropical ridge of high pressure in the western Atlantic and the jet stream. Los Angeles Times, "Hurricane Dorian churns dangerously close to the U.S. East Coast," 4 Sep. 2019 And not just because of the subtropical bank holiday weekend that we have just been treated to in the UK., "Fantasy Premier League: The 10 Players Who Scooped Man of the Match in Gameweek 3," 27 Aug. 2019 All this means that trends in subtropical drought may also have a separate amplifying effect on the worst mid-latitude heatwaves. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Your heatwave could be worse because of a drought somewhere else," 21 Aug. 2019 Access the lush subtropical Kipahulu District 12 miles past the town of Hana on the popular Hana Highway. Jae Thomas, Marie Claire, "The Best National Parks for Every Kind of Vacation," 15 Aug. 2019 Johnson has sent samples to a geneticist in Colorado to determine if the beetles can be traced to a population north of Arizona or a subtropical one from Texas that multiplies quicker. Washington Post, "Tree-eating beetle gains ground in US West, raising concerns," 26 July 2019 In subtropical and tropical waters, freedivers might encounter aggressive Moray eels, but the wolf eels off the California coast aren’t known to bite divers. Nick Rahaim,, "Without abalone, spearfishing hooks North Coast anglers," 17 June 2019 The Everglades, a vast subtropical wetland, is unlike any other place on earth. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of subtropical

1829, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subtropical

: relating to or living in an area that is close to tropical parts of the world

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